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Self-employed don’t claim benefit

Published on 21/03/2007

21 March 2007

BRUSSELS – Only 681 self-employed women claimed a financial benefit for household help after having a baby in the first six months of 2006. Minister for the middle class Sabine Laruelle (Liberal MR) wrote this in answer to written questions from senator Sabine de Bethune (Flemish Christian Democrat CD&V).

That means only a quarter of the total number of self-employed women who gave birth during that period applied for the financial aid.

Minister Laruelle pointed out that the system of maternity assistance for self-employed women is a new benefit that was just introduced on 1 January 2006.

“I don’t find it unusual in this early stage that the large majority of those self-employed women entitled to the allowance failed to apply for it,” the minister wrote.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

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